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Take on your own driveway repair or pay a pro?

If your driveway has become cracked, sunken or otherwise worn, it can detract from your home’s curb appeal and in some cases, even pose a danger to family and guests. So, naturally, it will need to be repaired. The question is, do you try do your own driveway repair work or pay a pro to do it for you?

The answer to this really depends on two things:

  1. Your desire/availability to take on the repair
  2. The severity of the damage

If you have a paver driveway …

The most common issue with paver driveways is that the stones can settle in spots, which makes the driveway uneven.

DIY Driveway Repair– Most homeowners will find that repairing a paver driveway is a job that can be done of their own. After a bit of homework and acquiring the right tools, it should be a fairly straightforward job to lift the sunken pavers, level the ground with some grit sand (and elbow grease) and then re-lay and level the stones.

Pay a Pro – While repairing your own paver driveway may be doable, you might not have the time to repair it yourself. It could also be that you aren’t confident in your ability to do the job properly on your own.  Either way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with hiring a professional hardscape specialist or handyman to take care of the repair for you.

If you have an asphalt driveway …

Asphalt driveways can become cracked, worn and sunken in spots. They also need to be sealed periodically, to prolong their smooth appearance.

DIY Driveway Repair – Homeowners can certainly repair their own driveway cracks. Asphalt patching compound is available from most home improvement stores. Then, the process is simply a matter of cleaning the cracked area, filling it in with the patching compound, smoothing and letting it cure. Unless you have a lot of severe cracks, this is an easy DIY job.

Resealing an asphalt driveway is also a very common DIY job. After clearing and cleaning your driveway, you’ll need to pour your sealer and then spread it down the length of your driveway. However, resealing your own driveway isn’t as easy as it sounds. Resealing your driveway is smelly, dirty work. It also requires you to follow several rules regarding ambient temperature, the slope of your driveway and other things.

Pay a Pro –As commonplace as it for homeowners to seal their own driveways, it is just as common to hire a pro take care of this messy, time-consuming task for you. Other issues such as severe cracking, potholes and sunken spots are more difficult to deal with and repairing them is usually best left to a professional.

How to Hire a Professional Driveway Repair Service

If you’ve determined that your best option will be to hire a professional to repair your driveway, then your next step is figuring out who to hire. Thankfully, that’s where comes in. Our extensive, local listings connect home owners with home improvement service providers. Simply browse through our listings of paving contractors or handymen to contact the professional nearest you.

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